I started this blog with a post about flattening the odd-shaped slab of walnut over a year ago. A lumberjock recently requested that I follow up on that post as I had intended to. I don’t have as many photos of the rest of the process but will describe what I can. The router sled was awesome for making the slab flat and it was smooth enough that I could spend some time with hand planes and a card scraper to get it smooth without too much difficulty. It was still challenging becaus...
I finally finished up my new slabbing mill today that I have been working on the last 3 months or so. It was very rewarding to finally fire it up and start cutting. All the extra hours of research, planning, locating small parts, and getting parts machined that I couldn’t find anywhere else, have finally paid off. This mill so far has exceeded my expectations and is fun to use. It was so much fun and faster than my old mill that I almost forgot to take pictures! This mill can cut u...
After some advice from other wise lumberjocks I decided to flatten the top by sanding it with my belt sander instead of trying to pull it flat with angle iron. It still has a very slight sag in the middle but it’s hardly noticeable and won’t affect the function of the table. I doubt the customer will ever notice unless they pour a glass of water into the middle of the table to see which direction it goes. I sanded it to 220 and then went back and filled a couple small bubbles...
Hey guys,I’m building a kitchen table out of a 3” redwood burl slab and so far it’s coming along nicely. The legs are being carved from glued up poplar and power carved with an angle grinder. Its coming along well so far (though the grinding is creating buckets of very fine dust). I laid the top on the legs last night just to see how it was looking.I had filled in a lot of the gaps last week with epoxy and last night I was sanding it to try to level it out a little ...
I had the day off and spent it doing some final fitting, sanding, and assembly of the legs for a natural edge walbut coffee table. The slab was 2 1/4 inch think and has supplied the wood for the entire table. My friend wants a satin, hand-rubbed finish and I plan to use General Finishes Satin Oil-based Arm-r-seal. I will do the legs and the underside of the top first and then finish the top after final assembly. Thanks for looking, Tim PS I couldn’t think of a much better...
Here is what you get in a lot of yard trees. The owner always swears nobody every put any metal in my trees… Yea right…. The screw driver in this slab has 8 inches of surface exposed. The blade just missed it…. Hitting that would have made my metal detector go off… Each time it goes off it costs me $25.00 for a new blade. This cherry tree is a nice average size tree and the screwdriver was in the center at the first crotch. I didn’t saw this log. ...
I have been itching to make a table for a while now. Not just any table, mind you, but a live-edge table made from a slab or two. When summer began I told myself that I would do it, and while I was browsing the internet looking for wood slabs, I came across a gentleman who had literally hundreds of slabs sitting in his back yard, waiting to be sold.I looked up the address and saw that it was close to some family members, some seven hours of driving away. “Perfect excuse.” I tho...
Through a series of fortunate coincidences, I became the owner of three nice, free sycamore logs. As the quick-and-dirty version goes: a buddy of a buddy lined them up for me, and another buddy retrieved them. I had not even seen the logs until I showed up at the saw mill last Friday to make some lumber. I was pleased with the quality of the logs. They weren’t incredibly long, but they were straight and clear, and a good size. I’m glad my network of buddies rescued these fr...
Hello everyone. I have been busy making stuff and have finally finished a video that has been almost a year in the making. I made this video to be like a commercial for me and my work so it doesn’t give any tutorial. I do have a series of videos to be published soon that are more along that line. My goal as a video maker is to provide the viewer with an alternative to the typical format of woodworking videos; where a guy stands across the bench and talks at the camera, showing lit...
Hey all, Thanks for checking out my first blog post!I’ve been collecting logs for the past year or so with the intention of milling and drying them, but only recently got around to it. Most of it is from jobs I’ve done for people cleaning up fallen or storm damaged trees. A bunch of it is from neighbors on my street, too. I know most of the species I have in my log pile, but there are a few mysterious chunks I picked off the curb which could be just about anything. If anyon...
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